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Guardian Deities

The jizo and the hebi

This (2017) is not the year of the snake, or the horse, but this photo was my random, desktop image of the day. These guardian deities, and I’m guessing there were twelve, each had one of the zodiac animals with them. The blurry one to the far right probably had a sheep.

2017 is the year of the rooster. The next year of the snake will be 2025.

Krisiun @ Gefle Metal Festival

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Max Kolesne

#geflemetalfestival #geflemetal @Krisiun

Sunny Krisiun

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Moyses Kolesne

Högalid Church (Högalidskyrkan)

Högalid Church

When I was in the airport on my way to Scandinavia last summer I noticed that someone had left The Girl in the Spider’s Web at the gate. I picked it up and started reading. A few weeks later I found myself in several of the exact locations mentioned in the book when I visited Stockholm.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is the fourth book in the Millennium series so I went back and read book one (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) when I got back to the USA in August. Currently I’m reading book two (The Girl Who Played with Fire).

During my reading a couple nights ago, a scene is described in which Lisbeth Salander is chased up a hill in a park-like setting to get to a church. I thought, “hmmmm…, that sounds like the church I climbed a hill to get to when I was killing time before my bike tour of Stockholm a few months ago”. Sure enough, they are one in the same place. With a little more research I found out that the place I ate my lunch next to (across the street from this church) is where Lisbeth’s first apartment was and the author, Stieg Larsson, is buried at Högalidskyrkan. Small world or something…

Ceremonial Hall interior @ University of Copenhagen

1853 Ceremonial Hall @ University of Copenhagen

Built in 1853, I was lucky enough to get views from every angle of the classic Ceremonial Hall on the campus of the University of Copenhagen this past summer. In the summer of 2018 I plan to experience my fifth summer in Denmark.

Happy birthday, Carlos Gonzalez!

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Carlos Gonzalez gets five from Colorado Rockies third base coach Stu Cole after hitting a home run off Jake Arrieta at Coors Field in 2014

@CarGo5 @CGonzalezHub

Happy birthday, Johan Soderberg!

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Johan Soderberg of Amon Amarth @ 2017 Gefle Metal Festival

@AmonAmarthBand #JOMSVIKING #geflemetalfestival #geflemetal @AmonSoderberg

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